Arkansas officials block inmate uniform proposal
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) - The Baxter County Quorum Court has killed a proposal to replace inmates' black-and-white striped jail uniforms with green scrubs.
The Baxter Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/1qV00ge ) the court voted down the proposal 10-1 Tuesday night. The only vote in favor came from the proposal's architect, Gary Tennison. He called the uniforms dehumanizing.
Tennison says inmates are humiliated by the uniforms, which has a negative impact on their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
Sheriff John Montgomery previously called the uniforms a public safety issue. He says he doesn't want inmates in outfits that resemble civilian clothing in case they escape.
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